Past Events

Coffee Chat: Experts Tips For Winning A Charlie Award
February 21, 2024

Learn valuable insights on how to win a Charlie Award in this year’s competition! Back by popular demand, our Coffee Chat will be moderated by two-time Magazine of the Year winner John Sotomayor, editor-in-chief at Embrace Media. Our award-winning panelists will share their tips, advice and more to help you submit an award-winning entry.

Presented by the Florida Magazine Association, the annual Charlie Awards recognize excellence in writing, editing, graphic design, digital, photography and overall best quality in the state. Winners are awarded in over 30 categories, including the prestigious “Best Overall” awards and a special “Magazine of the Year” distinction.

Our Panel

  • Pamela Daniel, Editor, FORUM Magazine
  • John Thomason, Managing Editor, Boca Magazine
  • Andy Zunz, Vice President of Media Strategy, Today’s Veterinary Business, Today’s Veterinary Nurse, Today’s Veterinary Practice and Veterinary Advantage
  • Karla Monterrosa-Yancey, Editor-in-Chief, ACAMS Today

Coffee Chat: “Everything You Need to Know About AI-Generated Content”
December 13, 2023

Get answers to all your pressing questions about AI-generated content. In this highly interactive Coffee Chat, our guest speakers will answer your questions on the topic, as well as discuss the legal and ethical aspects of using tools like ChatGPT, copyright and liability considerations for publishers to keep in mind, and how news organizations are leveraging these tools.


  • Alex Mahadevan is an author and director of MediaWise at the Poynter Institute. He has taught digital media literacy to thousands of middle and high schoolers and has trained hundreds of international journalists in verification and digital investigative tools. You can read his articles here.
  • Mark Caramanica is an attorney at Thomas & LoCicero where he focuses on media law, intellectual property and civil litigation. Before joining the firm, he worked at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, where he specialized in freedom of information, access and intellectual property issues.

Coffee Chat: “How WDW Magazine Adds Pixie Dust To Social Media”
October 11, 2023

Learn how to maximize your magazine’s social media presence by promoting your product, getting tips on posting, identifying the right technology stack for successful growth and much more!

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  • Brydie Huffman: Operations Director, WDW Magazine


  • Karla Monterrosa-Yancey, Editor-in-Chief, ACAMS Today

Coffee Chat: “Tips for Achieving the Best Print Color Reproduction”
August 15, 2023


  • Carri Oosterbaan: Sales Account Manager, Kodi Collective, and FMA Board Member

FMA members can email Vanessa Lozada at vlozada@flpress.com for a copy of the recording.

Coffee Chat: “Sponsored Content: A Magazine Case Study”
May 24, 2023


  • Catherine Walters, Publisher, Orlando Magazine

FMA members can email Vanessa Lozada at vlozada@flpress.com for a copy of the recording.

Coffee Chat: “Tips for Winning a Charlie Award”
February 22, 2023

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  • John Sotomayor, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, Executive Producer, Embrace Magazine & Media
  • Cooper Levey-Baker, Editor-in-Chief, Sarasota Magazine
  • Jacki Levine, Former Editor, Forum Magazine

Karla Monterrosa-Yancey, Editor-in-Chief, ACAMS Today